from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the manufacture of soda, the firing, working back and forth, and discharging of the black-ash mixture. See ball, 25.
  • noun In textile-bleaching and -coloring, the collecting of the material into balls, to the detriment of the process. It occurs most frequently in loose cotton or wool.
  • noun In the process of nuclear development, the fusing of two or more nuclei into one.
  • noun The act or process of making into balls; the act of assuming the form of a ball; specifically, in the process of puddling, the forming of the iron into balls or rounded masses of a size convenient for handling.
  • noun The frequenting of balls; dancing.

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  • verb Present participle of ball.


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